Quebec City, April 4, 2023 – The Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent (Sodes) is delighted with the Government of Canada’s announcement to include Chantier Davie in the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

This decision, in addition to confirming that the shipyard meets the technical requirements to build vessels for the Canadian fleet, will have positive effects not only for Chantier Davie, but for the entire Quebec maritime economy and ecosystem.

“This agreement is a win-win situation for Quebec and Canada. Nearly 1,500 suppliers across Canada will support Davie in delivering the most technologically advanced icebreakers ever built in Canada. This announcement will have a $21 billion economic impact over the next 20 years, while creating or sustaining more than 3,500 jobs. Chantier Davie will develop and strengthen the expertise and qualifications of their workforce, a unique knowledge and expertise in the integration of new technologies, and invest massively in their infrastructures. This government decision will strengthen their position on a global scale,” said Mathieu St-Pierre, President and CEO of Sodes.

With this integration into the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Chantier Davie will become one of the most technologically advanced shipyards in the world, and the pride of Quebec and all of Canada.

The Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent (Sodes) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to protect and promote the economic interests of the St. Lawrence. It represents the maritime community, including private and public stakeholders whose activities have a direct or indirect impact on the river economy, in all regions of Quebec. Sodes is the preferred partner of governments when it comes to the development and economic life of the St. Lawrence, whether in terms of freight and passenger transportation, regional development or the environment.


Mathieu St-Pierre
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
418 648-4572, ext. 101

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